Virginia Businessman David Ross’s Extravagant Kid Retired From Racing at Age 9


Captured 2021 Group 1, $1 Million Al Quoz Stakes in Dubai

Extravagant Kid, owned by Virginia businessman and Colonial Downs’ all-time leading owner David Ross, has been retired from racing at the age of 9.

The Kiss the Kid gelding finished his brilliant career with $1,704,683 in purse earnings from 54 starts which includes 15 wins, 18 runner-up finishes and 7 thirds. Ross claimed the horse four years ago and has earned about $1.5 million of that purse money under his stewardship.

Extravagant Kid wins the Al Quoz Stakes in Dubai in March, 2021.

Ross noted that in Extravagant Kid’s two most recent starts at Gulfstream — the Janis Stakes December 31 and an allowance on February 2 — that his prize horse may have lost a step and flattened out just a bit. 

“We had him scanned and it looked like he was starting to get the beginning of a bone spur,” said Ross. 

After the diagnosis, Extravagant Kid was retired and is now at a training center in Ocala temporarily where Ross keeps his young horses. He will be based there until a permanent home is found. 

Ross — whose stable name is DARRS’s Inc —- along with trainer Brendan Walsh and Racing Manager James Bredin are all committed to finding the right next home for Extravagant Kid.

Extravagant Kid won the 2019 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs. Photo by Coady Photography.

“We are on a mission to find him the perfect place because he has brought so much joy to everyone who has been a part of his life,” said Ross. “He will thrive in his second career, possibly as a riding horse because he loves to do trails. We want to make sure he is happy and productive going forward.” 

Ross, who has had graded stakes winners with Scuba, Honorable Duty and Proforma, said his biggest thrill as an owner was Extravagant Kid’s victory in the $1 Million, Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint Stakes last March in Dubai. 

“I’ve had a lot of nice horses over the years but none have been able to do what this one did — -win a Grade 1, or in this case a Group 1 stakes. He’s been an unbelievably great horse to be associated with and has thrived on new adventures.”